Send smiles to a child with Warrior Mail
Children who spend a lot of time in hospital struggle with isolation and loneliness, missing large amounts of school, sports and leisure activities. Their siblings often also feel lonely and forgotten, as all the attention focuses on the child who is fighting.
Every month, Warrior Mail features a local Perth child who is doing it tough in their fight with a serious illness or disability, or one of their siblings. We will share their stories of bravery and hope, and encourage you to send cards or letters bearing messages of support, strength and love to lift their spirits.
Bringing a smile to a child is as simple as a few words, a handmade card or a drawing. Get your school, sports club, retirement village or community group on board and help brighten a Warrior’s day!
This Month’s Warrior
Sam is a kind and gentle three year old boy who loves sisters Nadia (who lives with her mum in Melbourne) and Mia. In February this year he was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow and began treatment with intensive chemotherapy.
Sam spent the first 2 weeks of his chemotherapy in hospital. He then spent 5 days at home and was able celebrated his 3rd birthday with his family, before returning to the hospital for the next 6 weeks. Because of Covid-19 he was only allowed to have one parent with him at a time and wasn’t able to see Mia. It was really hard for him because he didn’t understand why he couldn’t go home. Due to the treatment with chemotherapy, he has a weakened immune system. This means that Sam has had to withdraw from everything that would put him at risk of getting an infection. He, therefore, hasn’t been able to go to day-care this year and hasn’t been able to see his friends. He has only been able to go to the park 3 times in the past 6 months. He is a very strong and understanding little 3-year-old. He gets sad at times, however, he knows that next year he will be starting Kindy, and will be able to meet lots of new friends.
Now with his intensive chemotherapy coming to an end, and the start of a new phase called Long Term Maintenance, he has been able to start living a more ‘normal’ life including going to the beach and even having lunch at the local cafes with Mum and Dad.
Sam loves dump trucks and diggers and playing with his electric guitar his grandad bought him for his birthday. He also loves to ride his bike and jump on the trampoline with Mia and play with his dog Rocco. One day he would love to visit the massive mine trucks and maybe even sit in one.
Sam enjoys Spider-Man, and all the little boy things. He would love to receive pictures and drawings from lots of different children and people. Something he can always look at when he’s sad and to help him with his treatment.